|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 84,797 (5 reviews)
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 47,720 (2 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Gold Standard [kpu050] - v/a|
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|The Over Greenland - The Lost Levels EP [kpu100] - The Over Greenland|
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release.
Keywords: post-rock; guitar; electronic
Downloads: 6,241 (1 review)
|evan valentine - sinister device [kpu103] - evan valentine|
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you...
Keywords: IDM; Breakbeats
|roto visage - la muse cachée [kpu099] - roto visage|
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen.
Keywords: dark ambient; experimental
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,343 (3 reviews)
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,721 (1 review)
|The System Boot - Feather Shredder EP [kpu006] - The System Boot|
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes.
|Mystified and Dan Minoza - The Pipers of Pluto [kpu113] - Mystified and Dan Minoza|
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting experience - the musicianship ...
|Gustav Bjorklind - Bok [kpu033] - Gustav Bjorklind|
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu catalogue.
|MonoCulture - Real Anarchists Cross With The Light [kpu081] - MonoCulture|
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 16,960 (1 review)
|Crashed By Car - Low Light Rewinder [kpu038] - Crashed By Car|
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing chain-linked and reversed...
Downloads: 6,047 (1 review)
|Roto Visage - La coquille et le clergyman [kpu111]|
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack...
|souns - scenarios for the real self [kpu085] - souns|
'scenarios for the real self' was originally released on breaking tension music some time in 2003. it was the ninth release for breaking tension music, limited edition with homemade packaging, made available at one of the first 'environments' events (live ambient series, vancouver, bc). all of the material was created using an ATARI computer, AKAI S950 sampler, YAMAHA FX500 guitar effects unit and a YAMAHA MD8 multi-track recorder...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Jenglander - Jenglander EP [kpu045] - Jenglander|
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work...
|butterbox - echo's answer [kpu096] - butterbox|
The debut from Brazil's butterbox is one of the most truly enjoyable releases you'll ever have the pleasure of soaking in. During the initial listen, the acoustic guitar is what will stick out the most, looping through sections that are gently fighting the piano melodies. But on further repeats, the subtle layers of rhythm and ambiences will begin to stick out their heads, and the emotion of this singular artist will finally sink in...
Keywords: ambient; acoustic
Downloads: 4,072 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Perfectly Ordinary Recorded Noise [kpu076] - Dub Jay|
It's been over a year and twenty releases since we've had the pleasure of offering new material from Ohio-native Dub Jay, but the man himself is back with another four-track EP of genre-defying music that will take your breath away. Utilizing obscure source material, Dub Jay has accomplished yet again what he did earlier with his first two Kikapu EP's, Mai EP and Songs For A Room, which is to take a style of music and perfectly re-familiarize his audience with what is possible to achieve within ...
Downloads: 2,608 (1 review)
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,579 (2 reviews)
|Bubblegone - Somewhere Between Summer and Winter [kpu089] - bubblegone|
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context...
|Wavespan & Nobuto Suda - After the Rain [kpu118] - Wavespan & Nobuto Suda|
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole...
Downloads: 1,005 (1 review)
|Chiang Mai - Love It - Chiang Mai|
We've got another great mix here from Chiang Mai for your listening pleasure. While his last mix was all techno, this one is very much focused on hip-hop, footwork, juke, and just general bass music. Quite amazing really, the mix of styles in this, and it is a hell of a lot of fun too. Again, no tracklist here, but we recognize some Waka Flocka Flame, Jonwayne, Philip D. Kick, Flying Lotus and De La Soul...
Keywords: dj mix; hip-hop; juke; footwork; bass; instrumental; kikapu
|Kaneel and Tao - Monochrome [kpu018] - Kaneel and Tao|
Tao: Paris-based electronica artist. Trying to melt various influences from early jazz to hip hop passing through dub into a soft and quite naive and melodic idm/electronica style music. Kaneel: Rouen, France-based ambient/electronica artist. Making music since June.99, searching for making some nice and understandable vibes mixing to it some insected beats and retriged effects you can name: 'ambientish insectified retriged soft mellowish idm.'
Downloads: 11,295 (2 reviews)
|WNY - 108 Suns - WNY|
You know WNY. Don’t pretend like you don’t. WNY has been a friend to Kikapu for nearly a decade, and has released some of our most highly-revered albums to date. You may remember him from past releases under different aliases such as Spark and Winnie the Shit. Ring a bell? That’s right…I knew you would remember. For his latest EP release, WNY continues down his path of hardware and synth-driven electronics, skittering along the edge of true acid jams at times...
|Red Lines - Noon Parachute [kpu022] - Red Lines|
With Red Lines' latest single 'Noon Parachute,' familiar chords cloaked in evocative synth textures along with intricately-constructed percussion pronounce a musical statement of warmth and clarity -- suitable for professional and at-home daydreamers alike. Red Lines (aka Brandon Reid Huey) is currently at work on a construction for volume II of the Uberkids project at Observatory and a long-player collaboration with fellow Kikapu artist Stud...
|Nick Cramer - Barren [kpu010] - Nick Cramer|
We celebrate our tenth release at Kikapu by offering another gem by our official space cadet Nick Cramer. This new EP shows that Nick is consistently one step ahead of the ambient and psychedelic sound with his own brand of space music with hints of jazzy breakbeats and dreamy atmospheric pads. It appears that San Francisco really is the hub of our galaxy.
|Stud - Phicusology [kpu021] - Stud|
Stud is back from the frigid corners of Siberia, this time with a long-tracker EP of new material exclusive to Kikapu. He comes from the school of keeping tracks short and to the point, as none of the tracks present herein eclipse the three minute mark. But unlike other artists who write short tracks making you the listener feel cheated, Stud's tracks are so complex and honest that each piece feels like it has run its length and is fully complete...
|Oveloe - Eleven [kpu044] - Oveloe|
Montreal, Canada resident Charles Bisaillon has spent years moving about the globe, from all over Canada to Torino, Italy. He has taken the knowledge and experience of these travels and put all of it toward his new Oveloe music project. Charles enjoys the character and warmness of analog gear, and uses it almost exclusively in his tracks. On top of that, Charles records everything onto 1/4" analog tape to insure an even fatter sound...
|William S. Braintree - "..." [kpu082] - William S. Braintree|
Here lies William S. Braintree's debut Kikapu release, and the man definitely brings the goods in the form of some heavy bass and breaks, and the skitterish IDM sound we've always loved. And even pretty piano melodies, all wrapped around the most samples ever heard on a single album. Seriously.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|v/a - coloured lights [kpu078] - v/a|
The long-awaited companion piece to 'lights,' the first release from souns, is now here. 'coloured lights' is a collection of remixes of original material from 'lights,' re-interpreted by a number of amazing artists from around the globe. While many of the artists who supplied remixes for this project are based in souns' city of Vancouver, BC, artists from the US, Europe, and even China are represented here, with most of the faces new to Kikapu...
|mikronesia - vxvii [kpu109] - mikronesia|
file under: experimental, shuffling ambient, glitching soundscapes Believe it or not, this amazing new album from Mikronesia will be our last release. Ever. That's right, Kikapu is kaput. We're going out in style though, with this brilliant collection of experimental ambient pieces. Mikronesia first came to our attention from his albums for the always impressive Gears of Sand label, and it's quite an honor for us to be able to release some of his work here at Kikapu...
Keywords: ambient; experimental
Downloads: 19,492 (3 reviews)
|Stud - I Saw The Future [kpu093] - Stud|
Longtime Kikapu collaborator and friend Alexey Devyanin, otherwise known as Stud and one half of the well-known group Gultskra Artikler, has returned after a lengthy sojourn with an incredible new EP that is as far away from his previous releases as one could possibly imagine. I guess someone can only create pretty, organic IDM and electronics for so long before an artist has to break out of the mold with new tracks that are bristling with an intensity otherwise unparalleled...
Keywords: idm; drill n' bass
|Palsecam - We Are Just Borgs [kpu023] - Palsecam|
Lukasz Szalankiewicz [Zenial] is the leader and founder of the Palsecam collective, which is gathering some of the best electro/experimental music from demo-scene artists in Poland - and he is also a contributor to it. His music is present on many compilations in Poland and abroad. Nowadays his music is in the process of being remixed by other artists cooperating with him throughout the world. He is also a collaborator with webzine Eld Rich Palmer, devoted to experimental sounds...
|Eleventy-One - Random Sampling [kpu051] - Eleventy-One|
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable...
|Veem - The Return [kpu106] - Veem|
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos.
Keywords: ambient; electronic; analog; modular; synth; space; dark ambient
Downloads: 5,639 (1 review)
|Overdose Kunst - Autopoiesis [kpu104] - Overdose Kunst|
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed.
Keywords: experimental; abstract; noise; ambient
Downloads: 4,744 (2 reviews)
|souns - lights [kpu073] - souns|
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement...
|Winnie The Shit - Easy [kpu105] - Winnie The Shit|
file under: dubstep techno, breakbeats, more fun than should be legally possible Today marks the return of the one and only Winnie The Shit! And he's dropping a full-length album no less! His new album is entitled 'Easy' and is a bit of a more subdued affair than his previous release with us. This new one is at times more mellow, with a heavy focus on dubstep and techno, all while keeping it's eyes squared fixedly on insanely wonderful breakbeats...
Keywords: dubstep; techno; breakbeat; drum n' bass; drill n' bass; mellow; down tempo
Downloads: 7,809 (2 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Live Sets [kpu030] - v/a|
A small collective of Kikapu artists spent a few weekends together in November of 2002 playing live shows across the midwest. We brought along our not-so-trusty Minidisc recorder to capture the moment in time for those of you not able to make the shows. Below are a few of the live sets that were successfully recorded; all of these sets were recorded live at Cicero's in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 9, 2002...
|Dub Jay - Songs For A Room [kpu055] - Dub Jay|
Warren Sulcs is following up his highly successful past Kikapu release with this new four-track EP of mellow ambience. Stylistically different, yet artistically similar, these new tracks show a different side to Dub Jay than what Kikapu listeners have experienced in the past; this time around the focus is on experimental textures wrapped around ambient rhythms and synthetic pads. Entirely beautiful throughout, we hope everyone grabs these new tracks from Dub Jay.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient
Downloads: 4,230 (2 reviews)
|raemus - Sp*m Filt_er [kpu071] - raemus|
raemus's music explores the relationship between composer and automated composition system. Using personal software created in Max/MSP, tendencies are determined, but musical details are decided by the system in a realtime improvisation. Sp*m Filt_er are a series of works that explore more melodic and harmonic relationships than previous works. Several automated players" explore similar material in different ways...
|Pocka - There's No Business LIke Propa' Rungleclotted Mashup Bizznizz [kpumix004] - Pocka|
Downloads: 176 (1 review)
|Pocka - Devoured By A Shark [kpu075] - Pocka|
We've reached another small milestone with our 75th release, a collection of random Pocka tracks that have been sitting on our hard drive for the better part of a year or more. These tracks were primarily produced during 2004 in the wilds of Vancouver, BC, though a few gems from 2003 sneaked their way into this release as well. How to sum up these tracks? Well, it really is quite random, everything from droning ambience to acoustic guitar pop to ragga mashups to a slew of remixes and reinterpret...
|Silmu - Drum Machine And Slick Rush [kpu028] - Silmu|
Kikapu's good friend, Silmu, has been biding his time in Finland, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike you net.fans out there. He has arrived at the perfect time, with two new tracks for your listening pleasure. Silmu is an electronic artist known for his collaborative work with Mallisto, as well as his solo efforts. This release finds him teaming up with vocalist Keiju on one track, and manning the controls by himself on the other...
|off land - apt path [kpu102] - off land|
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7...
Keywords: ambient; minimal; abstract; experimental; remixes
Downloads: 6,622 (1 review)
|Karl Zeiss - Nachtzeit [kpu003] - Karl Zeiss|
The mysterious Karl Zeiss produces another meticulously clean stream of shiny metallic beats with 'Nachtzeit'. It is known that Karl Zeiss controls the machinery of the night time with a massive array of electronic equipment. Other releases from Karl Zeiss include 'Karo' on the Red Antenna [Assembled] compilation and an upcoming track on The New Electric Policy vol. 2, also from Red Antenna.
|Karaoke Tundra - Residence [kpu068] - Karaoke Tundra|
Karaoke Tundra is Victor Tverdochlebov, a musician based in Slovakia, who focuses on a melding of technologies between computerized digitalics and cut-up found sounds. His music is akin to a multitude of microsound artists, as these songs roll along with a smattering of clicks, cuts, beeps, and glitches. But what really separates Karaoke Tundra apart from the rest of the crowd is his innate ability to get your body moving with the funk and hip-hop vibe he creates with all of his available sound ...
|Ernesto Aeroflot - Advice For A Youngster [kpu049] - Ernesto Aeroflot|
A lovely single from our favorite multi-aliased Finn, Ernesto Aeroflot wrote this song as a birthday present for a good friend of his, and was kind enough to share it with all of you. The title tells it all: a constant string of vocal samples run throughout this upbeat track giving, well..advice. Its for all you youngsters out there.
|DJ Abstract - Kikapu Poo Vol. 1 - DJ Abstract|
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay - Six...
Downloads: 433 (1 review)
|Stud - DJ Sets [kpu011] - Stud|
Bringing you something different for a change, we believe you will thoroughly enjoy these mixes from Novosibirsk, Siberia-based artist Stud. This release consists of previous Stud tracks that have been remixed by the man himself and then mixed into three separate 12-minute dj sets. The sets themselves are all over the place, and that is the beauty of them - styles ranging from ambient to electronic to drum n' bass to industrial to IDM are covered here...